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The most impressive display at the Oakland Coliseum last night wasn’t Houston’s hitting barrage to win 9-1 over the Oakland A’s, but the Matrix-like moves of Astros pitcher Collin McHugh to avoid being struck in the face by a line drive.
In the bottom of the second inning, the A’s Kendrys Morales hit a come-backer directly towards McHugh’s head. The pitcher was somehow able to contort his body to avoid the ball, which ended up being converted for a conventional 4-3 double play.
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“I saw the ball come off the bat but I was in a weird fielding position so I kind of like whiffed on it with my glove and then by that time I was just already falling over so it was like, I just kept going and the ball just kept tracking,” McHugh was quoted by the Associated Press. “It would have tested how strong my jaw is for sure. Thankfully we were able to get a double play out of it. Routine, just how you draw it up. … I don’t know if it gets much closer than that.”
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McHugh didn’t escape the incident scot-free: He said the ball grazed the ring finger on his pitching hand.
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